Atychiphobia- Fear of failure.
Also: Kakorrhaphiophobia - Fear of failure particularly the failure of
When part of a clinical case or part of a problem requiring therapy -
atychiphobia is often a manifestation of a deeper problem and can go unnoticed.
It is of course possible that atychiphobia or kakorrhaphiophobia may be the
heart of an issue but it is by no means certain.
Often tied to a fear of failure is the fear of being a failure and this
is often a mask for fear of rejection.
While these are usual Teen angst and therefore will fade with time, they can
be a sign of some level of OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER. Then it is no
longer just fear of the unknown but a very real condition that the sufferer will
need help to overcome.
What can make it worse is when it is combined with Isolophobia (Fear
of solitude, being alone. fear of rejection), for what we have then is not
"just" the pain of growing up but a deep seated level of emotional and
psychological damage. Left unchecked this may lead to
Fear of society or people in general.
This grouping of problems is dealt with under the title of Social Phobia
which is an anxiety disorder.
Your first point of contact in dealing with these issues should ideally be
close friends and family but this is often just not possible in which case you
should make an appointment with your GP who will be able to arrange further
help, (in less mild cases you should do this anyway).
Admitting you have such a problem is not a failure but a success.
It is the first of many little victories over the condition and the first step
on the path to recovery.